Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bible College, Here I Come!

Praise and thank God! I have just been accepted into a Bible college in Singapore. The letter of acceptance has arrived last week. This wonderful news is all due to God alone. However, some people do deserve mention, such as my family who has given me support, the excellent references from my church pastor, the church worship director and a long-time sister-in-Christ who is a Bible lecturer at another college.

I will be doing a full-time Masters of Divinity at a college which will remain unnamed for now. The duration of the programme is three years and would start this July. I pray that as I embark on this new journey in my life, God will instill in me humility, courage, perseverance and wisdom.

10 Comments:

Blogger naniecheng said...

Congratulations! May the Lord use these three years to help you come to a deeper understanding of Him.

18/5/06 5:19 PM  
Blogger ddd said...

Congrats! However, do take care. I heard of many people who have lost their zeal or their faith in Bible college.

18/5/06 9:44 PM  
Blogger Ignatius said...

Congrats! May the Lord use you to guide the church in Singapore to its Reformed roots!

22/5/06 4:27 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Ho said...

May God grant you wisdom, strength and love for His Word as you embark upon this road.

22/5/06 7:20 PM  
Blogger The Hedonese said...

I'm happy to hear that! My Reformed faith has been broadened and nurtured (sometimes challenged!) thru interactions with other traditions, it's always good to read widely from different perspectives which of course a seminary course would provide :)

Soli Deo Gloria!

23/5/06 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Joshua said...

Congratulations!!!!!!

23/5/06 10:25 PM  
Blogger beowulf said...

Thank you all for your congratulations. I really do appreciate them.

26/5/06 12:22 PM  
Anonymous John Dekker said...

Just found you blog. :)

Which bible college are you going to?

I've also seen on you profile that you're "amillennial and post-tribulation rapture" - I would have thought that the post-trib rapture position is usually found only within pre-millenialism - does your point of view differ from "ordinary" amillennialism?

And have you read Beowulf?

31/5/06 8:49 PM  
Blogger beowulf said...

Hi John,

For the moment, I rather not post the name of the college on this blog yet. However, I will say that it is an established interdenominational Bible college in Singapore and an accredited member of the Asia Theological Association. =)

As for my amillennialism, perhaps I do draw the post-tribulation rapture terminology from my pre-millennialism days. However, I don’t think the post-tribulation rapture is inconsistent with conventional amillennial beliefs since amillennialism states the tribulation period is from the time Christ came until the time He returns to judge.

I believe the tribulations that the Church faces will get progressively worse and will culminate in the Great Tribulation and the Anti-Christ. Because I believe the Church will not escape any tribulations, especially the Great Tribulation, hence I adopt the post-tribulation rapture view. Here is a concise summation of how I see it, taken from Blue Letter Bible:

“An important note is the amillenialist's view of the church in this world: a role of suffering. The Christian will be hated by all, just as was Christ (Matthew 10:22), for a servant is not greater than his master. Seeing this as the church's role on earth — to suffer as did Christ — the amillenialist can hold no hope for an earthly exaltation and longs for the fulfillment of the second stage of the coming of the Kingdom.”

Here is another description:

“In most forms of amillennialism, immediately before the return of Christ, Satan is unbound, there is a great apostasy, and a time of unprecedented satanically inspired evil. This last Satanic gasp and subsequent rebellious activity is destroyed by our Lord at his return.”

And yes, I have read the epic poem Beowulf before. However, my choice of pseudonym is largely based on the parallel computing cluster design rather than the literary character. Because the name Beowulf is rather ambiguous, I thought this pseudonym kind of reflects my interests in both left-brain (i.e. computing) and right-brain (i.e. improvisional music) activities. =)

1/6/06 1:06 PM  
Anonymous John Dekker said...

I thought this pseudonym kind of reflects my interests in both left-brain and right-brain

Cool! I love that sort of stuff. Actually, I love ambiguity in general. :)

Yeah, what you describe is the classic amil position. I guess using the word "rapture would be the unusual element.

1/6/06 1:18 PM  

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